Geography

Geography

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Course Overview

The Acellus Geography course investigates the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth. Dr. Tjaden explores the physical and cultural geography of the world and helps students to understand how physical surroundings shape and impact the everyday lives of people around the world. He discusses how people deal with difficult environments and how they use their environment to their advantage. He further explores geography-related challenges that lie ahead, as well as physical resource management. Acellus Geography helps high school students obtain a good foundation in world geography. Course topics include:
  • Physical Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Climate
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • North, Middle, and South America
  • Africa
  • Asia
Acellus Geography is taught by Acellus Instructor Dr. James Tjaden. Acellus Geography is A-G Approved through the University of California.

Course Objectives & Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of Acellus Geography, students will be able to: identify and apply foundational principles of physical geography to include location, time, the International Dateline, landforms, tectonic movement, and weathering; and describe human geography and connect culture, population, economics, political geography, migration, diffusion, and maps; and compare and contrast climates such as tropical, dry, mid-latitude, and arctic; make connections between climate, highland climate regions, ocean currents, El Nino and El Nina, and extreme weather.

Students will also be able to identify, characterize, compare, and contrast aspects of Europe to include continent of peninsulas; oceans and seas; landforms; climate; vegetation; culture; economics; British Islands; Mediterranean Europe; the Netherlands working with landforms; Denmark taking advantage of a location; and London as a city on a river.

Students will be able to evaluate Russia, European Russia, Russia East of the Urals, and St. Petersburg’s characteristics regarding space, diversity and devolution, and difficult landscape; and make connections between the facets of North America to include regions, landforms, climate, population, oceans, waterways, river and water use, resources, precipitation, mid-latitude ecosystems, agriculture, the Great Plains, urbanization, manufacturing, economics, demographics, 21st Century environment, and Canada connections.

Students will also be able to synthesize aspects of Middle America regarding the continental, volcanic, and low coral islands in the Caribbean Sea; tourism; physical and human overview of Mexico; 21st Century Mexico; and Central America; and articulate a physical overview of South America to include Northern areas, the High Andes, the Rio Plata Basin, Brazil, South America’s 21st Century challenges; and describe, compare and contrast North, West, Central, East, and Southern Africa as well as Africa’s 21st Century challenges.

Finally, students will be able to identify, characterize, and discriminate between aspects of Southwest Asia with both a physical and human overview regarding oil, areas South of the Mediterranean Coast, Iraq, Mountain States; describe Southwest Asia 21st Century challenges; and distinguish components of South Asia to include physical overview; colonial legacies, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka; and the Indian Ocean; and provide a physical and human overview of China, including cities, rivers, role in the Global Economy; of maritime East Asia; and of Southeast Asia to include Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, open spaces, and globalization.

Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Physical Geography This unit introduces Geography and discusses why we study Geography. It goes on to cover location, time, the International Dateline, landforms, tectonic movement, and weathering. Unit 2 – Human Geography This unit discusses cultural, population, economic, and political geography, migration, diffusion, and maps. Unit 3 – Climate This unit discusses climate, including tropical, dry, mid-latitude, arctic, and highland climate regions, ocean currents, El Nino and El Nina, and extreme weather. Unit 4 – Europe This unit discusses Europe as a continent of peninsulas, its oceans and seas, its landforms, climate, vegetation, culture, and economics. It further discusses the British Islands, Mediterranean Europe, working with landforms as exemplified by the Netherlands, taking advantage of a location, as exemplified by Denmark, and London, an example of a city on a river. Unit 5 – Russia This unit discusses Russia, its dealing with space, its diversity and devolution, European Russia, Russia East of the Urals, and St. Petersburg, where the people deal with a difficult landscape. Unit 6 – North America This unit discusses North America's regions, landforms, climate, population, oceans, waterways, use of rivers and water, its resources, precipitation, mid-latitude ecosystems, agriculture, and the Great Plains. Also covered are urbanization, manufacturing, the U.S. Economy, demographics, and environment in the 21st Century, and Canada. Unit 7 – Middle America This unit discusses the continental, volcanic, and low coral islands in the Caribbean Sea, tourism, a physical and a human overview of Mexico, Mexico in the 21st Century, and Central America. Unit 8 – South America This unit provides a physical overview of South America, then discusses its Northern areas, the High Andes, the Rio Plata Basin, Brazil, and the 21st Century Challenges South America faces. Unit 9 – Africa This unit discusses North, West, Central, East, and Southern Africa, and the challenges posed to Africa in the 21st Century. Unit 10 – Southwest Asia This unit discusses Southwest Asia, providing a physical and a human overview, then discussing the economics of oil, the areas South of the Mediterranean Coast, Iraq, the Mountain States, and 21st Century Challenges. Unit 11 – South Asia This unit presents a physical overview of South Asia, then discusses its colonial legacies, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Indian Ocean. Unit 12 – East Asia This unit presents a physical and human overview of China and discusses its cities and rivers and its role in the Global Economy. Also included are a physical and human overview of Maritime East Asia. Unit 13 – Southeast Asia This unit presents a physical and human overview of Southeast Asia, then discusses Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, open spaces, and globalization.
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